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2018-01-09 - #067

\\The Feminist Business Model Canvas - Where Lean Startup Meets Feminist Business Practice

This month our speaker is our member CV Harquail. She holds a PhD in Leadership and Organizations from the University of Michigan and teaches entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology in New York. Her research documents the ways start-up tech companies and pioneering feminist businesses implement “generative” feminist practices to create a more innovative, creative and sustainable business and economy.

CV is also one of the co-founders of Feminists at Worka think (and learn and do) tank dedicated to feminism at work.  With her colleague Lex Schroeder, and in partnership with Liisbeth Media (a home for entrepreneurial feminism and feminist entrepreneurs worldwide, based in Toronto), Feminists at Work focuses on creating more feminist organizations, businesses, and systems.  They offer intersectional feminist ideas, strategies, and tools to transform the workplace.

One of these tools is the Feminist Business Model Canvas (FBMC) - "Where Lean Startup Meets Feminist Business Practice".  The aim of this canvas is to enable feminist entrepreneurs to "sketch out, on a single page, the core assumptions of their business idea and how it all fits together to create sustainable value, demonstrate their values, and promote social change."   

This month, CV Harquail, the lead developer will explore this tool with us, the results of its use so far and plans for its further development and use.

As usual, we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Date: Tues Jan 9  
  • Time: 90 minutes starting  13h30 PST / 16h30 EST / 21h30 GMT / 22h30 CET / 06h30 JST (+1 day)

To join the meeting please see the F2F co-ordinates or virtual logistics posted to our LinkedIn Group in this post.

Anyone who joins the LinkedIn forum is considered a member of this group and is welcome to join at the meeting


Feminist Business Model Canvas

To introduce herself and her talk, CV wrote:

About CV Harquail

CV (Celia) Harquail, PhD, co-founder of Feminists At Work, is a tool builder, change agent, and management professor who helps business leaders, startup founders, intrapreneurs, and social change advocates challenge assumptions about what businesses can and should be.  At Feminists At Work, a consultancy with the mission to bring feminist perspectives and visions for the future of business back together, she develops and teaches inclusive, feminist business strategies. An award-winning researcher and professor, she holds a PhD in Leadership and Organizations from the University of Michigan and teaches entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology. Her research documents the ways start-up tech companies and pioneering feminist businesses implement “generative” feminist practices to create a more innovative, creative and sustainable business and economy.

CV has created several tools for entrepreneurs and leaders, including the Feminist Business Model Canvas, the PowerWITH Project Canvas, the Feminist Product Template, and the Feminist Job Crafting Guide. These tools blend techniques from the Lean Startup movement with feminist values and practice, helping individuals, teams, and startups build their social justice values into their enterprises. 

CV advocates that we craft our work, design our products, run our companies, and partner with our stakeholders in ways that lead us and our businesses to be positive forces in the world. Using the tools she’s created, anyone can weave together their business objectives and their social change commitments, so that their work, their products and their businesses, along with their own leadership, create the more just, more equitable, and more feminist world we want to live in.  


Introduction to the Feminist Business Model Canvas ™

In our conversation, we’ll talk about the FBMC and how it’s designed to be used, emphasizing how it is similar to and different from other canvases.  Participants may download a copy of the teaching version of the canvas (here: http://bit.ly/2EDTb0N ) before joining the conversation.

The Feminist Business Model Canvas™ (FBMC) helps entrepreneurial feminists and other activist business people build their values directly into their business models.  Instead of asking enterprises to balance their financial and social objectives, the FBMC helps users integrate them, so that financial mechanisms reflect social values, so that products demonstrate and promote social values, and so that the business is sustainable financially and socially.  Whether users work with specifically feminist values and social justice goals or with more general positive social values, the FBMC helps folks build their value engines and business engines simultaneously.    

The FBMC includes several sections (or boxes) that seem similar to elements in more conventional business models, such as the Osterwalder, Pigner, et al. (2010) Business Model Canvas, and Ash Maurya’s Running Lean Canvas (2010).  It also includes a several sections unique to feminist and social change businesses, as well as unique details and interpretations of conventional business elements. The four-step process for using the FBMC invites users to sketch their initial ideas, to develop their model through focused conversations guided by questions, to deepen their model by deliberately considering how to demonstrate their values, and to test their models for fit and synergy.

The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meeting is available via our DropBox and GoogleDrive in the folder for this months meeting.  Please contact Prof. Nabil Harfoush for access to the dropbox via the Linkedin Group.

The link to the recording is posted as a comment to this Linkedin Post about this meeting, along with on-going discussion about the meeting by our members.  A copy of the recording is also stored in the DropBox and GoogleDrive folder for this months meeting.

Attendance list is updated at the event (if a location is not provided participant was F2F in Toronto)
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